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    Composite floats

    I recently spent an inordinate amount of time rehabilitating a set of Aqua floats for a friend. They turned out well, very tight and he likes them. I知 not rated........yet.......and this was my first encounter with floats. Nothing against Aqua, great customer support and they seem to be well built. However, after dealing with leaking seams and rivets I知 thinking there must be a better way. I知 building an experimental Supercub and the plan is to put it on floats part of the year. There are composite floats out there, Clamar for example. Does anyone here have real world experience with these or any other manufacturers composite float? And would you care to opine on the subject?

    Thanks for any information you may be able to provide.

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    I've played with 3 different friends who 2 have carbon fiber floats and one that I think is fiberglass. Between the Adirondacks and Maine we play where there are a lot of rocks and stony beaches. My EDO 1320s were built in 1946 and still play a hard 100 hrs every year. Those plastic float guys don't like where we go and I don't see them being around after 73 years even if they only play on beach sand.

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    One word AEROCET!! there are pro's and cons for everything, I have Aerocets on my c180 and love them, they easily stand up to commercial work but would i let them grind away on a stony beach, no! easy fix find a small tree or limb to put under the heal. Clammers perform well but i think are built a bit light. My current exp ride is a Glasair sportsman and my only option for a composite amphib was Clamar, nothing against them but i went with Montana 2400A's for the wide flat deck and durability. however if Aerocet would have been an option i would have went that route to have the tightness of a glass float. That being said since you are exp don't over look montana floats, the are awesome performers! I love the the way they handle on the water but like any aluminum float i am sure they will leak in time.
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    We had Aerocets on our 185 and they were awesome!! Never seen a metal float that would take the punishment like those did! I think it was money well spent! I'm not sure what the availability of the Montana Floats are, as Keith is somewhere in Thailand from what I've heard, but they're well designed and certainly worth checking out! (they were built just a short ways from me)
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    Rob is hard at it, he is from what i can tell a one man show with Kieth out though. So not sure what the lead time is for a finished set of floats. It would also depend on weather your looking for straight or amphibs.
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    I bought a set of Mead Amphibs for my EX11 project...they seem more robust than the Clamars....i have Baumann 1500 straights on my Tcraft and those are very well made....im just as shy about running those up on a rocky shore though too....they woud handle it I'm sure, but the aluminum will get scraped and creased if your not careful. Hopefully next summer I will have my 11 fininshed and give you a real world report on the Meads.

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    all have pros and cons. Fly Aercett amphibs for work, great floats. Flew lots of different aluminum ones.

    Bottom shape, size and design make a big difference. What ever you choose will have compromise issues. Just life.

    Find one you like and is built for what you do. Light aluminum is less weight, but more prone to leaks. Heavy aluminum dings and gives less useful. All a trade off.
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    Mr.Ed, what type of flying will you be doing most of the time while on floats? mostly at docks or beaching?

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